This Olympics, Mo Farah took gold in the 10,000 meters by less than half a second. A second slower, he only gets silver. Two seconds slower, he’s out of the medals.
That’s why he can’t let anything slow him down—and why he wears Nike Tailwind ($145) and Vaporwing ($395) sunglasses, which Nike says “fuse the newest advances in lens manufacturing with aerodynamic angles” to create “an incredibly streamlined and lightweight design.”
Can a non-Olympian who likes to run score sunglasses as sweet as Mo’s?
Is $1,200 a lot of money for sunglasses? Yes. But if you’re really passionate about running—lying awake at night wondering which is slowing you down more, squinting from the sun or tensing up because your glasses are uncomfortable—and you didn’t burn through that year-end bonus long ago, go for it.
Actually, you can score even sweeter ones, because Nike is releasing “limited-edition $1,200 Nike Wing Sunglasses featuring a ground-breaking single-body glass and nylon frame.”
Yes, $1,200. (Farah probably gets them at a slightly better rate, since he endorses Nike; his endorsement deals actually earn him $6 million a year, meaning he can afford them regardless.)
Say this for Nike: They put thought into their sunglasses. The lenses are designed to block out UV rays while allowing in red light (“which has a calming effect on the body”). They designed a speed crease to “enhance aerodynamic flow.” As the shades are all one piece, you no longer have to deal with hinges and their nonsense. They glasses also hug your head at several points to give the bridge of your nose a break. And they even feature the color Volt, which is the “most visible color to the human eye.” (You probably know it as “lime green, only brighter somehow.”)
Is $1,200 a lot of money for world-class sunglasses? Yes. But if you’re really passionate about running—passionate enough that you lie awake at night wondering which is slowing you down more, squinting from the sun or tensing up because your glasses are uncomfortable—and you didn’t burn through that year-end bonus long ago, go for it. Think of it this way: You’re going to feel pretty silly in your $15.95 Mangroves from the Sunglass Warehouse when Farah races by you in his Vaporwing to take gold again in 2020.
And it’s worth noting that Chopard De Rigo Vision Sunglasses sell for $408,000 and their combination of 60 grams of 24 carat gold and 51 full-cut River diamonds is extremely unstreamlined.
For the record, Farah did not actually wear his Vaporwings during the 2016 10,000-meter final, since it took place at night (as did the 2012 Olympic final Farah also won). But he has been using them in qualifying for the 5,000 meters (final tomorrow night at 8:30/7:30c)… and looking pretty damn cool at the front of the pack.
For more on Nike sports optics, go here.